Data and Probability

March Madness – Does seeding really matter?

March Madness is the big 68 team college basketball tournament that takes over our TV viewing during the weekends of March. School and office friends are filling out brackets.  Engage your students in  percents as they get excited about March…

Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17th

Green, green river – They’re doing it again. In Chicago, the local plumbers union “dye” the Chicago River emerald green.  Students learn what PPM (parts per million) means and  attempt to figure out how much dye is used to sufficiently color…

The perfect bracket

Sunday night, March 12th, is Selection Sunday for the Men’s March Madness Tournament.  Monday night, March 13th is the selection night for the Women’s March Madness Tournament.  The March Madness bracket predictions can begin. What are your chances of picking…

Pi Day is coming!

Celebrate π in your school and in your math class with activities that demonstrate how π was derived; visually show why π makes sense; show a surprising place where π is used; increase students ability to measure and long divide; applauds the talent of…

New baby giraffe

Willow weighed 125 pounds at birth and was 6 feet 1 inch tall.  She will grow to her adult height of around 14 feet tall in only four years! How big would you be if you grew at her rate…

Iditarod 2017

The Iditarod Dog Sled Race begins on Saturday, March 4th in Anchorage, Alaska. This long and grueling competition is called the Last Great Race on Earth. Students do some rate, distance, and hardship comparisons to decide if they agree that the…

Mardi gras – Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, will be the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the season of Lent.  Mardi Gras is a last hoorah and is celebrated throughout the world with feasting, partying, and general indulgence.  In New Orleans…

Movies and the upcoming Oscars

Highest Grossing Movies – Let your students develop their own ideas about compounded percent change while they have the opportunity to speak about the upcoming Academy Awards show. Worldwide box office income is compared for the top ten grossing movies of all…

Do better movies make the most money?

Newly updated! Do the “Best” movies make the most money?  How could you measure the “best” movie? What information would you need to make this judgement? Ten movies are nominated each year to receive an Oscar for the Best Picture. On February 26,…

Valentine’s Day activities

Chocolate-raspberry heart-shaped cake – Students build a heart cake and use ratio information to find the quantities of cake and icing resulting from increased dimensions. A parametric heart … with love – Students use unit triangles and manually calculate sine and cosine…

Sweetheart candies

Here’s some more Valentine’s Day fun.  How many dollars worth of sweet hearts candies are sold each Valentine’s season?  What more could kids want than Sweetheart candies, problem solving, critical thinking, and number sense reasoning? Enjoy!

Holiday candy sales

Which holidays are associated with candy? For which of those holidays is the most candy is sold? What percents of annual candy sales does each holiday contribute? Consider using some independent think time, then small group discussion, then whole group discussion…

Super Bowl ads and scientific notation

On Monday, when the Super Bowl is over and all of the ads have been seen, use this scientific notation activity to involve math students in the talk of the day. Newton teacher, Matt Timmins gave us this timely activity…